Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Day 38 (Colour) - White Rose

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"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

A quote made famous in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this great tragedy, Romeo and Juliet are "star-crossed lovers" and cannot help their mutual attraction and fall in love, despite their feuding families. The rose metaphor comes in the play's famous balcony scene in a speech made by Juliet where she declares her love for Romeo despite him being a Montague. However, legend has it that the reference to the rose was an inside joke aimed at the Rose Theatre, the rival to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, whose toilet facilities were quite offensive on the nose and the reference to the rose was a sly dig at this fact!

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